Our Minister



Andrew, Barbara, Bethany, Trevor and Brian.

Hi, I am your new minister! Many of you will be wondering who this new man is so I have jotted down some information to get you started.

I am 48 years old and grew up in the townland of “Bardahessiagh” two miles outside the village of Pomeroy in Co. Tyrone, 52 miles away from Rathfriland.

I came to a personal saving faith in Jesus Christ through the faithful teaching of a Sunday School teacher in my home congregation, Pomeroy Presbyterian Church. I was involved in my home church in various organisations and also served as an Elder.

I married Barbara McVeigh from Castlecaulfield on 4th May 1987 and we have been blessed with a family of three. Brian 24, Andrew 21 and Bethany who is 13.

Being a farmer’s son meant I have always had a great interest in agriculture. After leaving school I attended Loughry Agricultural College and eventually ended up in sales working for Pfizer Animal Health in Northern Ireland, Isle of Man and the North West of England for almost 21 years.

My hobby was farming and I enjoyed varying degrees of success in trying to breed Ile de France sheep.

Believing that God was calling me to full time ministry I applied to the Presbyterian Church in Ireland and was accepted in April 2009 as a student for the ministry.

I completed my Student Assistantship with Craigavon & Vinecash Presbyterian Churches under Rev. Bob Allely and graduated from Union Theological College in May 2011. I was then appointed as Assistant Minister to the Rev. Peter Gamble in The Mall Presbyterian Church, Armagh July 2011 to May 2013.

I was installed as the minister of First Rathfriland Presbyterian Church on Friday 10th May 2013.

As your new minister I look forward to being used in God’s will in this congregation and will endeavour to make the Gospel of Jesus Christ relevant to our everyday lives and pastorally support those under the care of this congregation. To assist me in my responsibilities I would greatly appreciate the prayerful support of the congregation.


Your Servant,